I went to LA two weekends ago and stuffed my face for three straight days. As proof, here is how I spent my last day in Fat Heaven: Urth Caffe for some hipster breakfast and coffee, Japanese red bean ice cream mochi in Little Tokyo, classy macaroons at Bottega Louie, French dip sandwiches at Phillippe (established in 1908) for a historical lunch, Carmela ice cream near the Grove, all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue, and Blockheads shaved ice. Yes, I hit up 7 food places all in one day, in that order.
Lana sings Summertime Sadness but I think it’s more like Summertime Fatness.
Because of all this feasting, I now have way too many restaurants in my food blog queue. I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish up before I head back to Taipei in 2 weeks… because the binge-eating will only continue when I get home (unfortunately? fortunately?). I’m probably packing on an additional Summer-Vacation-Ten at this rate but I tell myself it’s for the good of my food blog.
August 19, 2013 – Blockheads Shavery – Los Angeles, CA
It was 10 pm when we lined up for shaved ice at Blockheads Shavery. My flight, originally scheduled to depart at 9:25, had been pushed back to an estimate of 11:25 pm. I ignorantly assumed that it would be okay for me to get some dessert right before. Shaved ice should be a quick grab-and-go thing, since it’s, you know, shaved… ice…?
But no, at Blockheads Shavery, they serve Snow Cream. Snow Cream is made by their “certified Snow Cream gurus” who “shave each block only when it reaches the optimal temperature, ensuring every serving meets the highest of standards.” They really are not exaggerating. It took around 25 minutes for us to get our shaved ice, roughly including the time spent waiting in line.
Snow Cream Guru at work:
We ordered two bowls, both of which were recommended combinations. It seemed like the safer decision, since going the DIY mad-scientist route often results in dissatisfied taste buds.
Green Tea Snow Cream with Red Bean, Rice Cake, and Condensed Milk:
One of my friends saw this picture and thought it was guacamole… HAHA. Also, rice cake was pretty much like soft mochi or 湯圓, so don’t be thrown off by its name.
Black Sesame Snow Cream with Rice Cake, Cookies and Cream, and Coconut Puree (excuse the blurry picture, I took it as we were rushing out of the restaurant in an attempt to catch my flight):
—- in the middle of deciding what to order —-
JC: Black sesame is the best, trust me, I’ve been here a lot of times.
Me: Really? Have you ever tried the green tea combination?
JC: No… I get black sesame every time I come.
Though my friend’s claim that black sesame is the best combination is pretty sketchy and unfounded, I actually have to agree with him. I liked the black sesame combination more than the green tea combination; it was so unique, while the green tea combo, being a pretty common dessert in Taipei, came across as boring with its familiarity.
Only criticism I have is that the proportion of shaved ice to toppings/drizzle was disappointing. If they were more generous with their toppings, I would have definitely enjoyed it so much more (as well as if I had not been under so much time pressure…).
Menu for DIY and recommended snow cream combinations:
It’s hard for me to judge whether Blockheads snow cream was worth the wait. It was quite a bittersweet experience, perhaps more bitter than sweet because of all the years of life I lost worrying as I stood in line, but then sweet because the shaved ice was quite good and I managed to get to the airport in a record of 10 minutes just to find that the flight had been delayed another 30 minutes.
Despite the bittersweet memories I now have for Blockheads Shavery thanks to my poor, gluttonous decision, I still would definitely recommend this as a place to check out in LA.
Just don’t go right before your flight…